GORSHEL, Arthur David Gorshel, 85 years of age, of Tolland, died Friday, April 24, 2009 with his family at his bedside following a long struggle with coronary disease and COPD. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Alice Patricia (Hering) Gorshel; his daughter, Patty Sue Williams of Tolland; and his grandchildren, Melissa Williams of Tolland, and Lisa LaForte and her husband Jason of Vernon. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, S. Peter and Sylvia Gorshel of Lynnfield, MA; his step-son, Stephen T. Hallett of Dover, NH; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Alfred and Mildred (Karol) Gorshel of Medford, MA. Arthur was born in Boston and raised in Medford, MA until he joined the US Navy at 19 years of age. While proudly serving his country during World War II, Arthur served on two aircraft carriers which were sunk in the Pacific: the USS Lexington (CV-2) during the Battle of the Coral Sea, and the USS Yorktown (CV-5) which was sunk during the Battle of Midway. For his bravery, Arthur was awarded many medals. His Navy sonar skills turned into a life long love of ham radio operation. Arthur held a wide variety of diverse and interesting jobs during his lifetime including, professional photographer, rancher, oil man, heating engineer, salesman, and Indian Motorcycle racer. However, Arthur would appreciate being remembered most for his three favorite positions: Chief of Police for Alton, NH Police Force, co-owner of a home construction business, and his beloved job as the family Patriarch. His greatest source of joy was his wife and family. He will remain deeply loved and respected.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 27, 2009 at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford with interment in Valley View Cemetery, Baxter St., Tolland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Woodlake at Tolland General Fund, 26 Shenipsit Lake Rd., Tolland 06084. For further information, directions or to share memories of Arthur with his family, please visit online at www.weinsteinmortuary.com.